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The Clean Water Act (CWA) employs a variety of regulatory and non-regulatory tools to sharply reduce direct pollutant discharges into waterways, and manage polluted runoff. Best Management Practices (BMPs) are necessary tools used to restore and maintain the nation's waters. BMP's include the use of spill control products such as;
Those for protecting liquid and solid pollutants out of drains
Spill containment products that secure and contain pollutants
Spill response kits for spill prevention and cleanup
Baseline BMPs are methods and/or products that prevent pollutants from entering drains that can lead into waterways.
Assists you in complying with NPDES, 40 CFR 122.26 (1999) when used as a BMP in Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans
Good Housekeeping practices include routine inspection for leaks or conditions that could lead to discharges, help to maintain a clean work environment, reduce spill possibility and enhance safety.
Preventive Maintenance includes timely inspection and main-tenance of pipes, pumps, storage tanks, and storm water management devices (cleaning oil/water separators or catch basins).
Visual Inspections of areas where spills or leaks have previously occurred (material storage areas, outdoor material processing areas, waste generation areas and loading/unloading areas), are an effective means of early detection. Watch for obvious signs of storm water contamination.
Spill Prevention and Response includes the identification of potential spill sites and their drainage points, material handling procedures, storage requirements and spill clean-up procedures. Sediment and Erosion Control applies to the identification of areas which have a high potential for erosion.
Runoff Management includes flow diversion (channels, gutters, drains, sewers), exposure minimization (devices used to limit exposure of stormwater to contaminant's such as dikes, curbing, catch basins and sumps), mitigative practices (sweeping, shoveling, vacuuming and the use of sorbents and gels) and other preventive practices (dust control, routine monitoring of operations, warning signs and labels, and control of vehicle washing).